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Two new members appointed to the Air Resources Board
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two new members to the California Air Resources Board: John Gioia to represent the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and Judith Mitchell to represent the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Gioia, 55, of Richmond has served on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors since 1999. He served as board chairman in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He is first vice president of the California State Association of Counties and chairman of the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee.
Gioia is a member of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors, and served as chairman of the board in 2012. He also is a member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Previously, Gioia was principal at the Law Offices of John Gioia from 1986 to 1998, and legal researcher at John Nimmons & Associates Inc., Energy Law Consultants, from 1984 to 1986.
Gioia served as an elected member of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 1989 to 1998. He earned a juris doctor degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Governor Brown also appointed attorney and Rolling Hills Estates City Councilwoman Mitchell, 71, of Rolling Hills Estates to the Air Resources Board. Mitchell has been a principal at Judith M. Mitchell Attorney at Law since 2001, and a member of the Rolling Hills Estates City Council since 1999.
She serves on the governing board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the regional council of the Southern California Association of Governments.
Earlier, she was partner and senior litigation associate at Huang P.C., Lawyers from 1985 to 2001 and associate at the Law Offices of Russell Iungerich from 1979 to 1983. Mitchell served as president of the League of California Cities in 2009 and is past chair of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. Mitchell earned a juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School and a master of arts degree in German literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Both Gioia and Mitchell, appointed to the board on Tuesday, are filling vacant posts. The positions require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.
For more information on board members go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/board/members.htm
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.